A London institution, St John is credited with inspiring the resurgence of interest in British cuisine. Positioned next to Smithfield Market, St John has always been a meat-lover's paradise but is just as good for coffee and cake.
26 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY
+44 (0)20 7251 0848
THE MODERN PANTRY
Something of a newcomer to the East London scene, the Modern Pantry is all about reviving everyday cooking with modern ingredients and global inspirations. Its seemingly endless rave reviews are testament enough for us.
47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
+44 (0)20 7553 9210
Situated in the old New York banking hall, Prism is a choice spot to eat in this buzzing part of London. With an atmosphere which evokes all the power and glamour of 1920's banking: high ceilings, elegant pillars and a light, airy stylish space welcome you to take a seat and enjoy the great cuisine inside this landmark building.
147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT
+44 (0)20 7256 3888
The Door Oyster Bar and Grill
You can't get much flashier than an oyster bar and grill restaurant in the city of London. Situated right in the thick of it, on the iconic Cornhill, you'll find a stylish restaurant over two floors. The emphasis is on amazing steaks from around the world, and a fine bottle of red to go with it, of course.
33 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND
+44 (0)20 7929 1378
Gary Rhodes' Michelin Star restaurant offers British, regionally-sourced delicacies across a varied and mouth-watering menu. Situated on the 24th floor of the City of London's tallest building, Tower 42, it boasts stunning views over the city. Surely the perfect accompaniment to a fancy meal?
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ
+44 (0)20 7877 7703
Situated on the roof of No.1 Poultry, this French restaurant is great for a fine or casual dining experience. Its famous manicured roof terrace offers breathtaking views of the Square Mile. And, its award-winning wine list isn't bad either...
No.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
+44 (0)20 7395 5000
Britain's first barbecue steakhouse, Barbecoa celebrates the special relationship food has always had with fire, charcoal, wood and smoke, and takes its inspiration from traditional worldwide cooking methods. Barbecoa also has an in-house butchery selling quality British meat and cured meat products.
20 New Change Passage, London EC4M 9AG
+44 (0)20 3005 8555
Bea's of Bloomsbury
The tea pot lights dangling from the ceiling here are big giveaway to the nature of this cafe. Chic, cosy and in the heart of the city, Bea's of Bloomsbury is a stylish place to enjoy some delicious cupcakes, sandwiches, scones and an afternoon pot of tea.
83 Watling Street, London EC4M 9BX
+ 44 (0)20 7242 8330
This bar is neatly tucked under Millennium Bridge with riverside views to boot. Especially great on a sunny day, sit outside and enjoy a drink on the decked terrace. Choose from Cornish ales named after dogs, New York cocktails and West Country ciders.
Northbank Restaurant, Millennium Bridge, One Paul's Walk, London EC4V 3QH
+44 (0)20 7329 9299
A stylish and trendy cafe tucked away on Boundary Street, The Albion Caff is a bakery and shop selling British food and drink. Particularly good for breakfasts and light lunches, if it's a sunny day, hit the pavement seating and watch the busy city world go by.
2-4 Boundary Street, London E2 7DD
+44 (0)20 7729 1051
Les Trois Garcons
This ultra-deluxe bistro is real gem hidden behind the sober facade of a converted Victorian pub. The quirky interior includes vintage handbags and magnificent chandeliers hanging from its ceiling. The food is divine and we recommend you have an aperitif at its Loungelover bar just around the corner before dining.
1 Club Row, London E1 6JX
+44 (0)20 7613 1924